Controlling acne flare-ups

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Controlling acne flare-ups

My daughter has suffered with acne since 14 she is now 22 and has extremely bad flare-ups and is never completely clear, any advice on new ways to control it. She has tried 99% of creams and ointments.
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Dr Sree Krishna
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by Dr Sree Krishna on Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:28 pm

Re: Controlling acne flare-ups

Hello there,

Thanks for posting. Has she been given oral antibiotics from the GP? If she hasn't responded to tablet medication, we can consider her for isotretinoin (Roaccutane). This is a powerful anti-acne medication but can only be prescribed by a consultant dermatologist.

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by Dr Anton Alexandroff on Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:24 am

Re: Controlling acne flare-ups

I am so sorry to hear about your daughter acne!
There are a number of treatments available. Topical combination preparations such as Epiduo work particularly well with oral antibiotics and combined oral contraceptive pill. A more effective form of Epiduo - Epiduo Forte just became available. The next step is a very potent but also very effective medication called Roacutane/ isotretinoin. This woould have to be prescribed by a dermatologist. There is more information about acne treatment including Roacutane on my website:

I hope this is helpful.
With Best Wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
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